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  • Publish Date:2020/04/22
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[OR-Announce] Qualitative methods workshops starting soon!


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Add a new layer to your research design!
You may know us as the ICPSR Summer Program, or just the Summer Program, or some combination of math/stats/nerd camp, but here's some trivia for your Tuesday: our full name is the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Yet even that doesn't include everything we do! We also teach methods involving a more qualitative approach, and today we are featuring a handful of short workshops that fit that mold.

Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (May 20-22)
Instructor: Shiri Noy, Denison University

Mixed methods research typically refers to research design and implementation that combines qualitative and quantitative data collection and/or analysis techniques. In the course we will interrogate the utility of mixed methods research in light of the limitations of any specific methodological tool and approach, and review the theory and practice of mixed methods research in the social sciences. We will focus on practical tools and challenges confronted across the stages of mixed methods research.

Process Tracing in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (May 27-29)
Instructor: Derek Beach, Aarhus Universitet

Process tracing is a research method designed to learn how things work in real-world cases. Increasingly used across the social sciences and in applied policy evaluation, process tracing involves unpacking a causal process in a case and tracing how it worked empirically, enabling strong within-case inferences about causal processes.

The aim of this intensive three-day course is to provide participants with a good working understanding of the core elements of process tracing as a distinct social science case study method, enabling you to utilize it in your own research either as a stand-alone method or in combination with other methods in multi-method designs such as experiments or small/medium-n comparisons using

Mixed Methods Research: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data and Strategies (June 1-3)
Instructor: Shiri Noy, Denison University

This course examines best practices, through the review of exemplars and discussion of theoretical approaches, in “mixing” methods and integrating qualitative and quantitative research. The course introduces students to the theory and practice of mixed methods research in the social sciences. In the course we will examine and evaluate specific applications of mixed methods research. Further, course participants are encouraged to bring ideas, drafts, and questions about their own mixed methods project including dissertations, prospectuses, funding proposals, or other plans for implementing this type of research.

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) (June 1-3)
Instructor: Ingo Rohlfing, University of Cologne

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a method that has become part of the toolbox in disciplines such as political science, sociology, public administration and organization and management studies. QCA can be used to answer any research question if one is interested in analyzing patterns of necessity and sufficiency in a group of cases, ranging from a handful to many thousands. This course introduces participants to the principles and techniques of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) on a methodological and an applied dimension. At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with the key elements of a QCA study and know how to read, criticize, and implement an empirical analysis




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Registration now open, reduced fees!

To register for these or any of our courses visit our Registration page to get started. Also on that page is our new fee structure, reduced to reflect our move online for 2020.












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